After a stressful night of crosstown wrestling on Friday night, Helena High and Capital’s matmen hosted Glacier and No. 1 Flathead on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both squads.
Grappling in their home gyms, the two clubs split their double duals on Senior Night, as Helena defeated Glacier 60-9 and lost to Flathead 36-23, while Capital dropped a 35-28 decision against the Braves, before beating the Wolfpack 59-9.
The Bengals end the regular season at 16-7, setting a new school record for dual match wins. The Bruins finish at 14-9, which is also believed to be a new mark of victories for the program.
HHS’ double winners on the day were Devin Crawford (forfeit, pin) at 132 pounds, Kyle Tabbert (decision, major decision) at 138, Noah Manibusan (pin, tech fall) at 160, Hayden Schrull (pin, major decision) at 182/205, and JT Nygaard (two pins) at 205/182.
Schrull, who improved to 31-1 on the year with 20 pins, wrestled above his 182-pound class versus Flathead, and posted an 11-1 major decision over Matt Gash-Gilder. Earlier this week, Gash-Gilder was moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the coaches poll at 205.
And Tabbert, at No. 3, edged Glacier’s No. 2 ranked Justin Gibson, 2-1.
“I really thought our kids wrestled tough today,” Bengal coach John Burke said. “Now we just need to carry the intensity over to the seeding tournament next weekend.”
Winning both their matches for CHS were Tyler Coddington (decision, pin) at 113/120, Nick Kunz (decision, pin) at 120/126, CJ Snyder (two pins) at 160, and Kory Broussard (two pins) at 182. Kunz lifts his record to 28-1, with 13 staples.
Travis Schulte and Nick McVey each participated in one bout each at 145, both coming away with pins.
Broussard upset Flathead’s Hunter Wellcome, who is rated No. 2, while Coddington, wrestling above his weight against the Braves, defeated 120’s No. 4 ranked Cody DeVall.
“I’m proud of our seniors; they gave us some big wins and big pins today,” CHS coach Jeff Mahana said. “After a tough night against Helena, the guys came back and battled right to the end again, against Flathead. It’s hard to compete night after night, and they did a good job.”
Next up for both teams is the Western AA Division Tournament, scheduled for next weekend in Capital’s Bears’ Den.